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"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
Helps Raise $37,000 for Baker Athletics!
On Friday, May 16 Baker University hosted its 5th Annual Wildcat Classic Golf Tournament that benefited the Baker Athletics department.
The tournament featured a total of 222 golfers and was played at the prestigious Alvamar Golf Course in Lawrence, Kan. Golfers were able to play nine holes on the private side and nine on the public side.
With the help of tournament organizers Director of Alumni and Corporate Relations, Doug Barth and Assistant Director of Athletics – Operations, Andrew Patch, the tournament raised over $37,000, all benefiting Baker student-athletes.
The tournament also featured a silent and live auction with 70 items including gifts such as a Tony Gonzalez autographed jersey, Jamaal Charles autographed jersey, KC Royals, KC Chiefs and KU basketball ticket packages and golf foursomes to some of the top golf courses in the KC metro area.
"The funds raised through this event will make a significant impact on all of our athletic programs and help us continue to compete at a championship caliber," said Director of Athletics Theresa Yetmar. "Thank you to everyone who had a hand in making this event such a success. It was truly a team effort."
This year's Wildcat Classic also added two new elements to the event. With the help of Troy Brin Alumni Manager for the Wounded Warrior Project, Baker was able to make a $1,000 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project, that donation was matched by two golfers Chris Costello and Baker alum Tony Rider for a total of a $3,000 donation. The Wounded Warrior project also had six warriors golf in the Classic.
"Civic engagement and servant leadership are values that we instill in our student-athletes and athletics staff," said Patch. "We felt the golf tournament would be a perfect opportunity to help other people in need and not just focus on ourselves. Doug and I have always admired the mission of the Wounded Warrior Project so it felt like a great idea to include this non-profit into the golf tournament."
The other new element of this year's tournament was the inaugural Girls Just Wanna Have Fun event.
Nearly 30 women attended the event that was also held at the Alvamar Golf Course clubhouse while the golfers were out on the course. The event consisted of a social hour with wine and cocktail tasting, as well as a massage, shopping with local vendors and a guest speaker, Baker alumna Jennifer Johnson '94. Jennifer spoke to the group about her book, Nordie's at Noon: The Personal Stories of Four Women "Too Young" For Breast Cancer.
"It has been fantastic putting together these new endeavors," said Patch. "We can definitely say that we grew our audience, raised more money for student-athletes, and helped donate funds that will empower members of our armed forces. In just one day Baker Athletics touched a lot of lives, and that's a pretty cool thing."
The Baker Athletics department would like to send a special thanks to Andrew Patch and Doug Barth for all of their hard work in organizing this years Wildcat Classic and would also like to thank Alex Affalter of Midwest Miller Coors for the beverage donation, also to all of our Girls Just Wanna Have Fun vendors and all of our volunteers that helped make the tournament run smoothly.
"This year's tournament was our best yet," said Barth. "The weather (minus the frost delay in the morning) was about as perfect as we could have ordered it. Our alumni and friends truly enjoyed playing at Alvamar and we received nothing but positive reviews.
"The success of this tournament relies heavily on our golfers and our sponsors. Sponsorships are critical in making this fundraising event a successful one. I also appreciate our new partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project and we were thrilled to donate $1,000 of our proceeds to this worthy organization. I can't wait for next year's tournament."
For a look at the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun website, please click here.
For a look at the Wildcat Classic website, please click here.
A photo album of the entire 2014 Wildcat Classic has been created to view it, please click here.
Personal: Anna Lucille Staats was born in Shawnee Mission, Kan., and is the daughter of Paul and Susan Staats...Graduated from Paola High School where she was first team all-league twice…Chose Baker the small town feeling and awesome people.
|Fr.||North Kansas City, Mo.|
Personal: Kathryn Lydia Cooper was born in Wichita, Kan., and is the daughter of Jay and David Cooper…Has one sibling, Makenzie (14)…Went to Shawnee Mission Northwest High School where she made second team all-league twice and led the league in strikeouts in 2012…Chose Baker for the small class sizes and for choir and softball…Majoring in Biology.
|Freshman||Overland Park, Kan.|
|5-8||Blue Valley Northwest HS|
Personal: Sloane Carolina Brady was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and is the daughter of Michael and Stacy Brady…Has one sibling, Tyler (31)…Went to Blue Valley Northwest High School where she was a four year starter, first team all-league and second team all-state…Chose Baker for its size and athletics…Major is undecided.
|Fr.||North Kansas City, Mo.|
Personal: Bailey Rose Cain was born in North Kansas City, Mo., and is the daughter of Jeff and Cindy Cain…Has one sibling, Lauren (24)…Went to Smithville High School where she was the varsity team captain…Chose Baker because everyone was so nice and she loves small towns…Majoring in Nursing.
|5-7||Olathe North HS|
PERSONAL: Samantha Louise Schroeder was born in Kansas City. Mo., and is the daughter of Kristine and David Schroeder…Has two siblings, Maggie (15) and Lexie (12)…Went to Olathe North High School where she was an all-american scholar-athlete for four years…Chose Baker for its small class sizes, friendly people and beautiful campus…Majoring in Exercise Science.
|5-8||Olathe Northwest HS|
Personal: Elizabeth Lakin Stover is the daughter of Mary Hutinett-Stover and Terry Stover and has three siblings, Andrew (16), Benjamin (11) and Michael (9)...She chose Baker over the University of Pennsylvania, Drury and Morningside College...She enjoys crafting, watching movies and hanging out with her friends in her free time...She graduated from Olathe Northwest HS in 2013 and helped lead the Ravens to a 6A State Championship in 2011 and a third-place finish in the state tournament in 2012...She is the career put-out leader at Olathe Northwest and was a Second Team All-Sunflower League recipient in 2012 and Honorable Mention All-Sunflower League in 2013...She is a member of the National Honors Society and a four-time honor roll winner...She plans to major in History and Secondary Education.
|5-10||Olathe Northwest HS|
PERSONAL: Nicholas Yarbrough was born in Shawnee, Kan., and is the son of Mike and Julie Yarbrough, he is the older brother to Jack Yarbrough… Played baseball at Olathe Northwest High School and was a member of the 2013 state tournament team… Member of National Honor Society… Chose Baker for its small school atmosphere… Majoring in Sports Administration, Business, and Spanish.